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More Than Human Audiobook

More Than Human

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Publisher's Summary

In this genre-bending novel, among the first to have launched sci fi into literature, a group of remarkable social outcasts band together for survival and discover that their combined powers render them superhuman.

There's Lone, the simpleton who can hear other people's thoughts; Janie, who moves things without touching them; and the teleporting twins, who can travel ten feet or ten miles. There's Baby, who invented an antigravity engine while still in the cradle, and Gerry, who has everything it takes to run the world except for a conscience. Separately, they are talented freaks.

Together, they may represent the next step in evolution - or the final chapter in the history of the human race. As they struggle to find whether they are meant to help humanity or destroy it, Sturgeon explores questions of power and morality, individuality and belonging.

©1981 The Theodore Sturgeon Literary Trust; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"One of the best science fiction novels of the year." (New York Times)
"A quantum leap in the development of science fiction as an art." (Washington Post)
"A masterpiece of provocative storytelling." (New York Herald Tribune)

What Members Say

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    Mitch Tallahassee, FL USA 07-28-14
    Mitch Tallahassee, FL USA 07-28-14 Member Since 2008

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    What would have made More Than Human better?

    A shorter novel. The novel was a conglomeration of three short stores. Together, in my opinion, they merit a single short story. There is simply not enough story to sustain a novel format.


    Has More Than Human turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, it has not turned me off from Science Fiction.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Part 2, narrated by Harlan Ellison. Part 1 nearly bored me to death. Part 3 brought closure, but it was still too long and tedious.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    A lot of boredom and feeling of tediousness. I found myself frequently feeling, "C'mon, get on with the story."


    Any additional comments?

    I am unsure why this book is such a classic, since it is so overwritten. The basic plot is interesting. I can understand why that would merit classifying it as "classic." But the story could have been told in 15-20 pages easily enough.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    rob colorado springs, CO, United States 03-27-10
    rob colorado springs, CO, United States 03-27-10
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    "maybe I read a different book than everyone else"

    I got this because of the good reviews but I really didn't like it. It was very strange and it tried to be deep but just got more confusing and I couldn't care about the characters less. pass this one by.

    4 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Palo Alto, CA, United States 12-11-11
    Jon Palo Alto, CA, United States 12-11-11
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    "Great story, 1 poor narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I found the story to be enthralling, an truly interesting take on the next step of human evolution.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The general story and overarching concept really stretched my imagination. The concept of a gestalt organism is fascinating and is wonderfully explained throughout the story.


    Did Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The first and last narrator were fantastic, I believe it was Stefan Rudnicki. Harlan Ellison's voice did not fit his role and was difficult to hear and understand at times.


    Was More Than Human worth the listening time?

    Yes it was.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer WADDELL, AZ, United States 10-16-11
    Kindle Customer WADDELL, AZ, United States 10-16-11
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    I gotta say I was kinda confused with this story...seemed like it took a long time to get into the meat and answer some questions...bunch of kids all with a differant "gift" individually that when placed together are super smart....the end sort of tied things together.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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